The National Strategic Computing Initiative was announced in July 2015 by the White House. In the intervening three years, the NSCI has had a some important, albeit uneven, influence on advancing the state of High End computing and data capabilities across activities in multiple government agencies. The University of Illinois, as a top research institution with a long and successful history of national leadership in technology development and use for computing, data and artificial intelligence, is in a unique position to contribute to and also have informed observations about the initiative’s impact.
After a short introduction about Illinois and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, this talk will give perspectives of how activities at Illinois and beyond are evolving with regard to NSCI and how the NSCI initiative is influencing the efforts. Further, the talk will reflect on how the NSCI is influencing the use of ‘exascale’ and other technologies by the national research community and identify some challenges and opportunities the exist in order to greatly improve the productivity of the national open research communities.